Herbal wormer containing black walnut, wormwood, cascara sagrada

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Posted by Anghave on January 19, 2002 at 14:05:50:

This may sound like a strange question, but here goes...because I work a lot in the dirt and around animals, I thought there's an off-chance I could have some parasite. So, I thought I'd try an herbal wormer just in case. I don't have symptoms of parasites, and haven't been checked by a doctor for it (too embarrassing), but I've read that many people have parasites in their body and never know it. Anyway, I purchased an herbal vermifuge (wormer) from Penn Herb Company (a reputable dealer in Pennsylvania) but I haven't yet taken it because I need some info about it.

My question is, has anyone out there used herbs, especially black walnut, wormwood, and/or Cascara Sagrada as a vermifuge, and how long a period does one have to treat for it be effective? (The product label doesn't say! It only gives the recommended dosage of 15-30 drops one to three times daily...and adds "Not recommended for long-term daily use")

Also: if one *doesn't* have worms but wants to take a wormer just for insurance, is it harmful to take herbs such as wormwood, that act as a vermifuge? It mentions on the product label that Cascara Sagrada may worsen conditions like abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc.

I was also wondering if this wormer would be effective for dogs...anyone use herbs to worm their pets?

As I said, I know this is a strange question, but let's face it, parasites are out there! I'd greatly appreciate any info!

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